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College Football World Reacts To Cincinnati Making History

Darrick Forrest celebrates for the Bearcats.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 01: Safety Darrick Forrest #5 and safety Bryan Cook #6 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrate after a defensive play during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Cincinnati has officially made the College Football Playoff after being snubbed for most of the season.

The Bearcats not only finished 13-0, but they had other teams in front of them lose to ultimately move up in the standings each week.

They're the first G5 team to ever make the CFP since it took over for the BCS.

Cincinnati clinched that perfect season heading into the CFP with a win in the AAC title game against Houston. The Bearcats were up 14-13 at halftime before they had a massive third quarter to pull away.

They outscored the Cougars 21-0 and were up 35-13 heading into the fourth quarter. They then only allowed seven points in that final frame and held on to win, 35-20.

After the Bearcats were put into the CFP, the college football world felt thankful for how good of a season they had.

Alabama will play Cincinnati in one CFP semifinal (Cotton Bowl), while Michigan will play Georgia in the other (Orange Bowl).

Both matchups will take place on New Year's Eve.